Bosnian born Queens terrorist Adis Medunjanin, 34, was sentenced to life in prison for multiple terrorism offenses, after the Flushing resident joined al Qaeda and then plotted and attempted suicide attacks.
Medunjanin and accomplices were days away from executing suicide bombings in the New York City subway system in September 2009, directed by senior al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan. The plot was foiled, leading Medunjanin to crash his car on the Whitestone Expressway in a last-ditch suicide attack attempt.
Adis Medunjanin, 34, who joined al Qaeda and plotted to commit a suicide terrorist attack, was found guilty of multiple federal terrorism offenses after a four-week trial, the government announced Tuesday.
The defendant and his accomplices came within days of executing a plot to conduct coordinated suicide bombings in the New York City subway system in September 2009, as directed by senior al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan, the prosecution said. When the plot was foiled, the defendant attempted to commit a terrorist attack by crashing his car on the Whitestone Expressway in an effort to kill himself and others.
BROOKLYN, NY—Earlier today, following a four-week trial, Adis Medunjanin, age 34, a Queens resident who joined al Qaeda and plotted to commit a suicide terrorist attack, was found guilty of multiple federal terrorism offenses. The defendant and his accomplices came within days of executing a plot to conduct coordinated suicide bombings in the New York City subway system in September 2009, as directed by senior al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan. When the plot was foiled, the defendant attempted to commit a terrorist attack by crashing his car on the Whitestone Expressway in an effort to kill himself and others.
Two Queens men were arrested last week and charged with plotting to blow up synagogues in Manhattan. Ahmed Ferhani, 26, was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday. His alleged accomplice, Mohamed Mamdouh, 20, is scheduled to appear in court on June 2, according the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. They face life in prison, if convicted.
During a seven-month undercover investigation by the NYPD Intelligence Division, Ferhani and Mamdouh, both of Whitestone, allegedly told an undercover officer how they had learned to make bombs and were planning to target Jews by blowing up Manhattan synagogues, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said at a press conference from City Hall last Thursday, where he was joined by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and Mayor Bloomberg.
One of three former classmates at Flushing High School pleaded not guilty on Friday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn to additional charges related to last year’s subway bomb plot.
A Flushing man linked to admitted terrorist Najibullah Zazi in the thwarted subway attacks last fall has received new charges in his pending indictment.
Testimony given during the trial of the two men authorities said plotted to set off a bomb at Kennedy International Airport offered chilling details of what they hoped to pull off.
Najibullah Zazi, who attended Flushing High School, admitted to conspiring to bomb the subway system. FILE SKETCH
It turns out the former Queens resident who wanted to kill as many New Yorkers as he could by bombing the subway system also likes to talk, according to published reports.
The former leader of a mosque in Flushing pleaded guilty on March 4 to telling a would-be terrorist that the government was on his trail and then lying to the FBI about it when questioned. He now faces deportation back to his native Afghanistan.
A jihadist trained to kill by al Qaeda admitted on Monday that he planned to massacre New Yorkers by bombing the subway system.
It was only a few months ago that residents of Flushing watched in disbelief as federal agents wearing bulletproof vests and carrying submachine guns raided three apartments searching for terror suspect Najibullah Zazi. This week Queens remained at the heart of an ongoing probe as two more residents were arrested.
Ground zero for the swine flu and surprise wins by Republicans dominated the headlines in northern Queens in 2009.
Given the upcoming New York trial of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other co-conspirators, along with the recently uncovered terrorism plot by alleged al-Qaeda operative Najibullah Zazi, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other law makers have blasted the Obama administration for again reducing the state’s counterterrorism funding.
The Sunday after the Fort Hood massacre, Imam Beny Ahya Abdul Ghani welcomed the entire Flushing community to the Muslim Center of New York in Flushing as part of the first Queens Interfaith Unity Walk. A young boy clad in jalabeeya, a robe ubiquitous in the Muslim world, distributed booklets entitled “What is Islam, Who are the Muslims?” to an audience of Jews, Hindus, Sikhs and Christians.
Members of the South Asian advocacy group DRUM held a rally Saturday in Flushing to protest what they see as their community’s poor treatment at the hands of law enforcement officials investigating the Queens terrorism case.
The investigation into and proscecution of an alleged terrorist plot against the city continued this past week with the indictment of the main suspect’s father and revelations about why police moved against defendant Najibullah Zazi when they did.
In light of the alleged terrorist plot by suspected Qaeda operative Najibullah Zazi to detonate explosives around the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Rep. Peter King (R-Long Island) and Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-Brooklyn) have announced that they will fight to get funding restored to a federal program designed to prevent even worse attacks.
Najibullah Zazi, the suspected Qaeda operative with ties to Queens who is at the center of a possible plot to detonate explosives coinciding with the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was indicted in a New York federal court on Friday for “conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction against persons or property in the United States.” He was arraigned on Tuesday, pleading not guilty. If convicted, he could face life in prison.
Najibullah Zazi, the suspected al-Qaida operative whose visit to New York last week prompted the raids of three Queens apartment buildings, was arrested on Saturday at his Colorado home along with his father Mohammed Wali Zazi. In New York, FBI agents also arrested Ahmad Wais Afzali, an imam from Flushing with alleged connections to the two men.
John Choe, co-president of the Mitchell-Linden Civic Association, and other local leaders tried to ease fears in Flushing, after members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force raided three apartment buildings in the area that had been visited by a suspected al-Qaida operative.